Get Kids Going! wheelchair tennis player aims for Rio 2016

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21-year-old Dermot Bailey is one of Get Kids Going!’s Wheelchair Tennis athletes.


When Dermot was a child he was diagnosed with Perthes Disease, which affects his mobility and after starting to use a wheelchair he took up wheelchair tennis aged 8.


The Get Kids Going! athlete is one of Britain’s brightest young players but he has had a slow start to the year, slowly getting back into it.


Demott said, “I have played in two competitions so far this year the North West Challenge in Preston and the Bolton Indoors.


“At Preston it wasn’t that great. It was my first competition of the season and I hadn’t had a very good preparation. I got through to the Consolation Final but lost 6-0 6-2 to Daniel Caverzaschi.


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“I played a lot better in Bolton, I was getting into my rhythm and felt a lot more prepared. I got into the Consolation Final and even though I lost to Roland Nemeth I put up a much better fight taking it to a tie break in the third set.”


Dermot has been a Get Kids Going! athlete since 2002 when he was just eight years old. He told us, “Get Kids Going! have been a massive help. The sports grant I they have given me means I can do more training and more tournaments which can only improve my ranking. There was no way would I even stand a chance of getting to Rio without Get Kids Going!”


The 21-year-old’s training has stepped up now with him and his coach looking ahead to getting a spot at the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil, “In April I am playing in the Sheffield Wheelchair Tennis Tournament and I am really looking forward to it. I have been playing well in training so I am hoping to improve on my tournaments so far.”


He added, “Then in May I am going to the Open de Vendee in France. The competition here is really strong so I am looking forward to testing myself against the athletes. I am currently ranking a bit lower than I had hoped so some good performances are needed.”


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Dermot dreams of going to Rio 2016 and, alongside Get Kids Going!, he is doing everything he can to get there.


He said, “I can get into the top 20 if I play well and I need to up my game because I am really hoping to go to the Rio Paralympics. Four from Team GB will get picked to go so I need to show them what I am made of.”


We wish Dermot all the luck in the world for his upcoming competitions.